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He was Baileys Harbor’s own Horatio Alger character – the fifth of eight children of Irish immigrants James and Anne Fegan McArdle, born in 1874 in a modest frame house south of the village, who rose to the presidency of a national corporation. Michael McArdle earned the equivalent of a high school diploma at 15 […]
Off the beaten path in Southern Door County, Jim Rose creates his original metal furniture in a studio which was once the cheese factory of the small town of Kolberg. His pieces of metal Shaker furniture, made with found steel from scrapyards throughout the Midwest, are in collections across the country including the Smithsonian and […]
This pendant by jeweler Jeff Taylor exemplifies his tendency toward free but balanced design, arresting use of color, and unique shapes, as well as symbolizes his evolution as an artist. “I spent three quarters of my career working with more traditional jewelry work – diamond rings and wedding bands. Now I’m concentrating more on the […]
Mary Ellen Sisulak of Turtle Ridge Gallery is renowned for her leatherwork, particularly her handmade embossed purses, satchels, and bags for which she uses custom made embossing tools. But she started her career in leather doing one of a kind, hand-carved designs, and this piece is a return to her roots. The purse was inspired […]
If someone says, ‘Wow, that’s a beautiful framing job,’ I’ve screwed up,” laughs Myron Rogers of Cottage Row Framing & Gallery. He stands amongst a variety of art – watercolors, oil paintings, and photographs – many custom-framed by him and his wife, Anne. “Art is the most important thing,” says Anne, gesturing to a watercolor […]
A county where wildflowers can be enjoyed for around seven months of the year must be very special, and Door County is such a place. Even though spring is often rich with wildflowers before the dense, leafy canopy of the woods develops, blocking out most of the sunlight, far more species can be seen elsewhere […]
I’m not afraid of needles. Still, when I lay back on the table and saw the fleet of sharp shiny tools, I wasn’t thrilled. Whoever discovered that pushing needles into his body was therapeutic must have been nuts. Nuts, but right. So began my first acupuncture treatment. I had met with Alison Beadell of Wood […]
We both wanted to return to Door County,” Karen Peterson said. “It’s a great place to work”…and a great place to live. Karen Carlson and Shawn Peterson grew up in Sturgeon Bay but did not become a couple until after college at University of Wisconsin – Stout. When they decided to put down roots in […]
For nearly 20 years, the ladies of the Bonnie Braes golf league at Maxwelton Braes in Baileys Harbor continue to carry a tradition of camaraderie and friendship through their common interest in the game of golf. The Thursday night ladies’ league began in 1994 by a varied group of Door County career women and business […]
Back in the day, I’d say 80 percent of the men who lived around here could play,” says Dale Graf of the accordion. Graf, who grew up in Jacksonport, goes on, “The mothers would want the kids out of the kitchen, and would say ‘You’re in my way, go out and practice your accordion.’ That’s […]
There is a fine sheen of wood dust coating absolutely everything in local woodworker and artist Rob Comstock’s workshop. That soft layer covers stacks of cut spruce, tiger maple, and cherry waiting to be molded and shaped into a gloriously beautiful handmade boat. “It’s called an Adirondack guideboat,” Comstock explains as he leads a customer […]
Jim Baudhuin has lived in the same home for most of his 76 years. He milks his cattle, waters his garden and occasionally entertains tour groups that spill out of busses parked on the side of County Road DK. Since Baudhuin’s farm was named a historic place and adorned with a small plaque, many visitors […]
For most of his life Tom Lutsey didn’t pay much attention to his diet. He liked his steaks, had his favorite hamburger spots in Door County, and loved to stop for a couple of the famous burgers at Kroll’s in Green Bay. He was running his family’s hugely successful ice cream business, Gold Bond Ice […]